A pair of double headers against Otterbein University and DePauw University would lead to two splits for John Carroll University’s softball team over the weekend. The Blue Streaks are currently in third place in the Ohio Athletic Conference as playoffs near. Only the top four teams in the conference will receive playoff bids.
JCU began strong on Saturday in Westerville as they took a quick 10-1 lead over the Cardinals in game one. Sophomore Mikki Vance kicked things off with a two run homer that scored her and junior Christie Wade.
The Blue Streaks would score again in the fifth inning when junior Alyssa Coleman knocked two shots out of the park to account for four total RBIs. Between Coleman’s two homeruns, the Cardinals would catch no break as senior Ashlee Unrue hit a grand slam out of the park to stretch the JCU lead.
Otterbein would catch fire in the sixth inning, but it would not be enough to stifle the Blue Streaks as Unrue would contribute her second homerun of the day in the top of the seventh to set the final score of game one, 13-8. JCU needed just 11 hits to run up their score.
JCU’s momentum would carry over into game two before they were slowed in the fourth inning.
An RBI double from sophomore Carly Simecek in the first followed by an RBI single from senior Gina Giangreco in the second would give JCU a 2-0 lead over Otterbein.
A strategically placed sacrifice fly by Ashlee Unrue would make it 3-1 in the top of the fourth, but Otterbein put up a fight over the next two innings.
Heading into the sixth inning Otterbein managed to tie the score with a series of RBI singles. In the sixth inning the Cardinals would record 3 unearned runs that would give them the 6-3 final score.
On Sunday at DePauw, the Blue Streaks lost the first game, 13-3, but rallied back to earn the second game of the split, 7-3. DePauw struck early against the Blue and Gold, scoring six runs in the second inning and seven more in the third. That would be all the offense the Tigers would need to shut down the Blue Streaks early. Freshman Hannah Mizener scored two runs and recorded 2 RBIs for JCU.
JCU came back with a vengeance early. Sophomore Lauren Cianciolo scored JCU’s first run off a throwing error. Coleman and sophomore Angie Zappitelli quickly knocked in two RBI doubles that made it 4-0 before DePauw could get one out. The Blue Streaks offense continued to roll scoring two more runs in half of the first inning. Sophomore AnnMarie Kirchner would record her seventh win of the season on the mound.
The Blue Streaks also faced a double-header against Heidelberg University on Tuesday, April 14, dropping both games by one run each. With the losses, JCU holds a 18-12 record, and a 8-6 record in OAC play with eight regular season games left to play.